Proceedings of the Annual Meeting Volume 8

Proceedings of the Annual Meeting Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...a tooth for a tooth, and an eye for an eye. Christ prayed the Father, as He saw the thief hanging by His side: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." Christ himself was suffering the lingering tortures of death at the hands of passion and fury. He did not seek the destruction of those who were murdering Him and the thief by His side, but He prayed that they should see and know God's truth. Verily, God Himself has reserved to Himself the final penalty for the sins of His children. Criminals have been divided into three classes: first, the instinctive criminal; second, the habitual criminal; third, the occasional or single offender. The instinctive criminal cannot adjust himself to orderly and regulated environment. He is anti-social and alien in all his attributes, and is incapable, by reason of physical, mental or moral deficiencies, the nature of which we do not fully understand, of getting out of a bad into a good environment or of improvement by training or education. Such men we have no more right to murder than we have to kill off the insane, the feeble-minded, the tuberculous, and others whose presence among us entails upon us responsibilities and financial burden. The habitual criminal--the criminal by acquired habit--has developed out of environment and the social status in which he finds himself. Many of our crimes against both the person and property are the results of social mal-adjustments and conditions for whose existence society itself is solely to blame. Society has no right to the exercise of retribution--to the life of the offender--when it has denied him his natural and inalienable rights and, in fact, has compelled him to exist and develop in the midst of pinching poverty, degrading squalor and degenerating...show more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236675096
  • 9781236675095